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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Cold War; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Service Company, 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team; Administrative Service Company, 101st Airborne Division; 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 101st Airborne Division; Office of US Army Attache; G-2, 101st Airborne Division; 114th Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light); 3rd Transportation Company; Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade; US Army Support Command, Saigon; Transportation Corps Harbor Craft Company, 174th Infantry Regiment
  • Location of Service: Tunis, Tunisia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Camp Wolters, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Vinh Long, Vietnam; Long Binh, Vietnam; Headquarters, Saigon, Vietnam; Davison Army Airfield, Virginia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Washington, DC; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Japan; Fort Holabird, Maryland; Washington, DC; Camp Desert Rock, Nevada; Camp Fannin, Texas; Camp Howze, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Leyte Island (Philippines); Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Camp Plauche, Louisiana; Camp Beale, California; Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 4
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/44644

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Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Elmer Melvin Cook Collection

Names

  • Cook, Bette Ruth
  • Cook, Elmer Melvin

Home State

  • Virginia

Headings

  • -  Cook, Elmer Melvin
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Transportation Corps Harbor Craft Company, 174th Infantry Regiment
    • Location of Service: Camp Fannin, Texas; Camp Howze, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Leyte Island (Philippines); Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Camp Plauche, Louisiana; Camp Beale, California; Camp Atterbury, Indiana; Pacific Theater
    • Dates of Service: 1945-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Service Company, 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team; Administrative Service Company, 101st Airborne Division; 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 101st Airborne Division
    • Location of Service: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Japan; Fort Holabird, Maryland; Washington, DC; Camp Desert Rock, Nevada
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1980
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served in the 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division when he participated in the Camp Desert Rock atomic weapons testing in 10/1951.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Office of US Army Attache; G-2, 101st Airborne Division; 114th Aviation Company (Air Mobile Light); 3rd Transportation Company; Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade; US Army Support Command, Saigon
    • Location of Service: Tunis, Tunisia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Camp Wolters, Texas; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Vinh Long, Vietnam; Long Binh, Vietnam; Headquarters, Saigon, Vietnam; Davison Army Airfield, Virginia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Washington, DC
    • Highest Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 4
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1980
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2006-02-09; 2010-08-17)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2006-02-09; 2010-08-17)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2013)
  • Video: Digital File [ item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2006-02-09; 2006)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2006-02-09)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1960-1999)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2001)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1932-1960)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 2001-2004)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 2006-02-09)
  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [17 items] -- Photograph (collected 1945-2006)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/44644

Cite as

  • Elmer Melvin Cook Collection (AFC/2001/001/44644), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Cook, Bette Ruth, and Elmer Melvin Cook. Elmer Melvin Cook Collection. 1945. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.44644/.

APA citation style:

Cook, B. R. & Cook, E. M. (1945) Elmer Melvin Cook Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.44644/.

MLA citation style:

Cook, Bette Ruth, and Elmer Melvin Cook. Elmer Melvin Cook Collection. 1945. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.44644/>.